Quality Faculty Plan

This Quality Faculty Plan is developed in response to requirements contained in House File 2394. The intent of this document is to provide a statement of institutional policy only. Procedural elements of the plan will be designed within the parameters established by this institutional policy statement. The Plan reflects an institution-wide scope and contains recommendations developed through extensive information gathering, thorough study of current practice and emerging needs, and thoughtful reflection. Input has been sought from administrators, faculty, counselors, librarians and media specialists, all of whom may potentially be impacted by both the policies and the procedures implemented as a result of Board of Trustees approval of this document.

The Appendices that follow this Plan represent drafts of proposed procedures and are not part of the official Quality Faculty Plan.

Philosophy and Guiding Principles for Hiring and Developing Quality Faculty

Design and implementation of this Quality Faculty Plan is consistent with the Iowa Lakes Community College core values and college-wide goals adopted by the Board of Trustees in October 2001. Specifically, the plan supports the following college-wide goals:

  • Value the individual differences of learners, staff and communities by providing appropriate resources and opportunities for growth.
  • Support excellence in teaching with a focus on learning in an intellectually stimulating environment.

By definition, “policy” is intended to prescribe a “method of action selected from among alternatives and in light of given conditions to guide and determine present and future decision” (Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary). This document establishes a statement of policy intended to act as a blueprint for designing and implementing operational procedures.

This Plan was designed to provide for maximum flexibility for designing and implementing procedures that readily and appropriately respond to the dynamic nature of a 21st Century institution of higher education and its faculty. A guiding principle for Plan development has been that supporting excellence in teaching requires procedural elements to be evolutionary in nature if continuous quality improvement is to be achieved. Furthermore, the process must be nurtured in an environment that embraces change for the common good and supports lifelong learning.

Plan Approval by the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees

The amended Quality Faculty Plan was approved by the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees on September 19, 2023.


The Appendices that follow represent drafts of proposed procedures and are not part of the official Quality Faculty Plan.